26 June – 2 July 2017

Sian Clarke talks to BBC World Service Newsday (34m50s) about her new research which found a malaria control package delivered by African schools dramatically cuts infection and reduces risk of anaemia in children. “If asymptomatic malaria is left untreated anaemia can often develop. This can cause tiredness and decreased attention, potentially affecting a child’s school performance.” The interview is syndicated across regional radio outlets across the United States, and the study is covered widely by print and online media including Voice of America, Reuters, Mail Online, NTV Uganda, and All Africa.

John Edmunds provides comment for BBC Online regarding a successful new phase 1 trial involving a painless sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin: “This study is undoubtedly an important step towards a better way to deliver future vaccines.” John’s words are also used in articles by the Irish Times and Business Insider.

Jimmy Whitworth is interviewed by BBC World TV about the impact of the patch: “It’s potentially a game-changer and may even make needles redundant in the future.” Soundbites from Jimmy’s interview are used in a BBC News at One report and widely in news bulletins across BBC radio, including the Today programme and Radio 5 Live.

Peter Piot is featured by the Financial Times in their ‘at home’ series: “What will be the effects on health and brain development of breathing polluted air….I’m always the optimist. In the 1950s we had smog and we took action . . . if we act now, we can save a lot of lives.”

Peter is also quoted in a New York Times opinion piece about stopping pandemics before they start: “There will be more and more outbreaks developing into big epidemics…with greater mobility, population pressures and climate change, we’ll see more of that.”

Kara Hanson joins a BBC World Service Newshour Extra panel to discuss factors that make the best healthcare system.One that raises money through progressive income tax, has a single payer to control administrative costs, combines the private and public sectors, and involves the middle class so there’s a powerful voice to reject any efforts to cut the budget,” says Kara.

A New York Times piece on how to protect against mosquitoes asks James Logan why mosquitoes ‘prefer’ some people over others. “The phenomenon does exist, and you can demonstrate that scientifically…you can also show that’s due to body odour.”

Daniel Bausch, Director of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team which is run by the School and Public Health England, speaks to Nature following the news that WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in DRC is at an end“The response was good, but it would not be valid to say that this shows that we’re ready for a larger response in a bigger context — that remains to be seen.” 

James also discusses head lice on Channel 4’s How to Stay Well.

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